Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Camel, My New Black!

I thought it'd be nice to have a different backdrop for a change. This is one of my favorite looks, primarily because a last-minute decision made the bigger impact.

The night before, I had already planned to pair this necklace with this camel dress, but it was only when I decided on a complementary-yet-just-as-vibrant cardigan that everything clicked. On hindsight, I should have taken a photo with the dress alone just so we can see how drab it looks...

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Illusionist

If you've noticed, dresses make up most of my wardrobe. And why not? They're easy to wear and move around in, and they can make one look so sophisticated! After some hesitation on my part, I bought this particular dress chosen for me by Esel from SM Department Store, one of my favorite places to shop! (Pfffft. What isn't?) There are plenty of choices and the staff are so helpful. I find that my shopping experience there has gotten better and better over the years!

Anyway, today I'd like to share with you some tricks on how to look slimmer -- if you're on the heavy side -- or curvier -- if you're underweight like me. Either way, it's all an illusion! ;) Here goes!

1) Choose something body-skimming but not body-fitting. There is a difference! -- if I wore the latter, I'd be exposing my bones and that wouldn't be very pretty :) Everyone has a cut that best suits her; I find tailored items flatter any body type. I like this dress because the high neck covers my chest bones and lends a demure vibe to the look.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flower Power, Tween Edition

On behalf of my cousin Cara, I would like to apologize for the state of her hair. Haha. Apparently, Unmanageable Hair Syndrome is something all tweens must go through (I did too!) and there's no amount of great hairstyling and strong hair clips that will hold it in place.

That said, I love how Cara paired a floral blouse and floral skort we found at Bershka a few months back.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Just a quick post on what I wore on a warm Sunday. The chartreuse is quite refreshing, no?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to do Color / Stripes / Ruffles

It's amazing how a little detail -- even if it's made up of scraps -- can liven up a piece of clothing, doesn't it? Just a quick post today on a bit of my mom's blouse:

Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oops, I Did It Again!

Okay. So I hope you don't remember that once upon a time, I've said I would stop buying crochet tops. Oops! Now that I have confessed reminded you, I will now proceed to tell you why this is still a GOOD BUY :)

1) It goes perfectly with my coral Topshop shorts the one I bought immediately after I told myself I won't buy any more shorts, which I've been wearing for three consecutive weekends -- a testament to how predictable I am what a good investment this is!

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Wedding / Ten-Year Old Lessons from the Love of Music

Weddings are always full of memories and emotions. This one I attended a few weekends ago was no different, as I relived moments not only of the couple but also with fellow guests and wedding singers from the Ateneo Glee Club. It's been six years since I last formally sang with them (and in Europe too!) and it was so much fun, not to mention touching and sentimental, to sing the very first song we were strictly tested on in our first year as trainees. We were trying our best not to pee in our pants in front of our conductor back then. This marks the 10th year anniversary of us singing this piece...

L-R: me, Abby, Mich, Issa

And just as timeless as this piece is, so are the irreplaceable life lessons I learned from being in the Glee Club, such as...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

On Repeat

I have a tendency to wear certain things over and over again (and leave 80% of my closet ignored). What can I say, except yes, I'm planning to clean it out soon! :) In the meantime, here's a second look at an orange-and-black combo I wore the other week. I'm loving this blouse! Although closed high at the neck, I don't feel too claustrophobic in it yet given the sheer, breathe-easy material.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Style Profile: Ycel

I can't believe that I haven't done a profile on Maricel -- or Ycel as she likes to be called -- as she's one of the most stylish ladies in our office. She loves wearing skirts and dresses and great footwear. I particularly like what she's wearing here as she keeps her body type in mind.

Not everyone can pull off this look, but she can! That's because Ycel's confidence is based on her confidence in God. Now, who can rival that? ;)

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I channeled a very breezy, cheery attitude with these loose, easy-breathing pieces a few days ago.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I've Got Sunshine

It's been gloriously sunny the past couple of days, reminding me that summer's coming. Yay! Beach days, golden (or in my case, ash brown) tans, and less traffic given that school's out! Yes, students, we working people celebrate with you too ;)

There are indeed many reasons to celebrate the sunshine, but aside from wearing summer-worthy clothing, my favorite one is this...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Orange / Peach / Apricot

Remember the clothes swap I had with Sharon before? Well, we did another one because she wanted someone to use this sheer blouse her boyfriend won't let her wear. I gladly obliged. Hihi.

What do you call this color? Orange? Peach? Apricot? These are all fruit, by the way... 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I am utterly amazed at how PERFECT God's timing is. He always was and is and always will be perfect. How can I still be surprised by this?

My mind and emotions have been tossing about, as on the sea, neither here nor there, and just as I left the office today, I asked of God -- God, please speak to me. Let me listen. And upon coming home, this:

"As for God, his way is perfect; -- The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not fear or want anything.
the word of the Lord is flawless. -- His ways and His word (the Bible) are perfect.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. -- He protects me when I'm not playing rebel and turn to Him, depend on Him. He protects me even from myself.
For who is God besides the Lord? -- My God is the God of all gods! Who can compare?
And who is the Rock except our God? -- He is faithful, unchanging, the beginning, and the end.
It is God who arms me with strength -- When I am weak and doubting, He gives me new hope.
and makes my way perfect.  -- He brings me back when I am astray. He works all things together for those who love Him and are called to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;  -- I am swift and light and unencumbered by worries.
he enables me to stand on the heights. -- I am not afraid. I have a great view of His vision.
He trains my hands for battle; -- He makes my unskilled hands capable. No experience? No worries. God equips me and is my strength. He is made perfect in my weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
my arms can bend a bow of bronze. -- With God, I am invincible! Wonder Woman! Capable of anything that's set before me, of the great unknown. (Philippians 4:13)
You give me your shield of victory -- I will finish the race, victorious and uninjured, for His protection is around me.
you stoop down to make me great -- God did not need to make Himself man, but He did. All because of His great love for me. He stooped down into my filth, my wickedness, my pain and ugliness and loved me, a sinner. Not only that, He lifts me up on eagles' wings that I may soar.
You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn." 
2 Samuel 22:31-37

I may not have a definite answer, but YOU alone are enough. You alone are sufficient for me. Thank You.

Corporate Nautica

I'm very blessed to live in the city with the seaside a few hours' drive away. Unlike some of my friends whose families hail from the province, I was born in an urban landscape. Fortunately, my cousins and I grew up with summers spent outdoors, catching butterflies, sucking on santan flowers for a sip of honey, and my favorite -- frolicking at the beach.

As boring and un-spontaneous as I am, my friends know me to be the first one to say Go! whenever a beach trip is hatched. And since I can't physically be at the ocean with the wind whipping my hair about and feel the sand between my toes... Huhu.

I've decided to bring the ocean into the city.

Monday, March 5, 2012

What to Wear: Mt. Pulag / A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Waterproof Jacket

On Mt. Pulag, the humble garbage bag is turned into a creation of style and protection. Halfway into our climb, it was starting to drizzle with a large chance of downpour, so all the fashionable people turned to the it thing to wear!

Here is my cousin Noreen with her stylish waterproof jacket. I'll take you through a behind-the-scenes tour of her look in a bit.

Eeeeverybody's wearing the garbage bag! (Well, everybody who doesn't have a decent raincoat or waterproof jacket. Hehe.) This is Charlene, who wore it as a sleeveless shift. So chic, no? This just goes to show how versatile black is; wherever you are, whatever you're doing, it's ALWAYS in!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Courage: Climbing Mt. Pulag

A lot of people were dubious when I first told them I'm climbing Mt. Pulag. I ignorantly thought, what could be so hard? I'll just exercise the weeks before our climb. I know my dad was quite worried because he kept nagging me about exercising and giving me words of encouragement "You'll never make it! You're so unfit!" Thanks, Dad. I love you too. ;p

Well, what I lacked in physical fitness, I more than made up for in courage, although gumption would probably be more apt a word. The weekend was such an untypical one for me that afterwards, I thought every moment was an exercise in courage, defined herein by a sheltered city girl:

Courage (or thriftiness) is wearing an obnoxious-colored shirt even though the last thing I want to do is call attention to myself because I'm such a klutz and it's my first time to climb Mt. Pulag. I had no choice; this was the only Dri-fit shirt I had and I didn't want to spend on a new outfit. Vain, vain, vain!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Curves / What to Wear When You're Skinny

It may seem ironic, but I desperately needed a style-uplift after reviewing my closet! Given most of my clothes hang loosely and comfortably on me like this favorite, I promised myself the next few pieces I acquire would be something that actually flatters my slight (and still getting slighter) frame. I also had to keep away from the basic black, which I have a lot of, and other blah colors that did nothing to offset my complexion.

I chanced upon this vibrant print dress in SM and the minute I felt the gathered stretchy fabric, I knew I had hit the jackpot. Doesn't it make me look more uhhh... volumized? :)

If you're thin like me, there are ways to make you look less like a thirteen-year-old boy and more like an eighteen-year-old lady. Haha! ...which is still not as fully developed as I'd like but probably as developed as God will let me be, for now! :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Courage: Is Going Blind on a Blind Date

This post is waaaay overdue and you'll know why in a minute. First, let me ask you a couple of questions:

1) What does one wear to a blind date?
A: Something safe, but not man-repelling (therefore no blunt bangs, turtlenecks, or animal prints), something a little feminine.

2) What does one wear to a Dinner in the Dark -- a 3-course pre-Valentine's dinner organized by JCI Manila to promote awareness about blind youth?
A: Knowing myself, I'd spill something all over myself even without the event's prerequisite blindfold, so I picked out a printed blouse such that any stains would be camouflaged somehow. Now this is what you call functional dressing! ;p

3) What can I wear that fits the above criteria and can still pass as office-appropriate?
A: Since I had no time to go home and change before dinner, I just layered on a cardigan.

Ta-da! Three concerns addressed!

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